Greensboro police thwart bank robbery, arrest suspects before they could enter

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Jerrell Bobby Moore

GREENSBORO, N.C. — Police have thwarted a bank robbery in Greensboro, arresting the four suspects before they could enter the bank.

Greensboro police said the four suspects were arrested Thursday morning after driving to the Wells Fargo Bank at 3305 Battleground Ave. to commit a robbery.

Police said the suspects drove into the bank’s parking lot at about 10:40 a.m. and more than a dozen unmarked police vehicles surrounding their sedan. All four were taken into custody before they could enter.

Greensboro police said they had developed information that the suspects had planned to rob the bank.

Some of the suspects’ descriptions are similar to suspects involved in other bank robberies earlier this month, according to police.

Detectives said they gained sufficient evidence to link several of the men with the robbery of the Wells Fargo Bank on 308 Pisgah Church Road on April 29, and the attempted robbery of the Bank of America at 2108 N. Church St. on May 18.

Investigators said they also learned that the group’s modus operandi consisted of stealing vehicles from nearby jurisdictions, using them in the commission of the bank robberies, and later abandoning them.

However, in this instance, the vehicle belonged to one of the subjects, Jerrell Bobby Moore, according to police. Moore is also accused of carjacking a 75-year-old man in Burlington.

The other suspects have been identified as Javon Vernarda Thomas, 19, of Durham; Leeshawn Donta Joyner, 40, of Durham and Jaa’chai Anthony Williamson, 18, of Browns Summit.

Moore was jailed under a $200,000 bond. The other three received bonds of $100,000. The investigation is ongoing and police said additional charges are pending.